Harmonising Tradition: An Ethnographic Exploration of Nanyin Pedagogy in Singapore (77925)

Session Information: Music and Arts
Session Chair: Justin John Moniz

Saturday, 25 May 2024 11:25
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 704
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The study explores how Nanyin as a traditional Chinese music art form originating in China is taught and learned in Singapore. Educational materials and historical contexts highlight variations in ideologies, learning methods, and teaching approaches for Nanyin across regions, which can be attributed to socio-cultural differences. The practice of Nanyin is intricately tied to traditions, rituals and Confucian values that have always been part of Chinese culture. In a multi-cultural society like Singapore, its endeavour to establish a distinct and unique musical identity has led to the development of cultural policies which have shaped the practice of Nanyin in the country. This research employs an ethnographic approach to uncover the disparities between the historical, aesthetical and mythological perspectives of Nanyin to discover the driving factors behind its learning and teaching practices. In doing so, it documents the evolution of Nanyin education in Singapore, emphasising its significance as an important aspect of Chinese culture. This paper presents insights gathered from interviews with practitioners from China, Taiwan and Indonesia, providing valuable perspectives on pedagogical models. By examining these diverse approaches, it offers a framework for the continued learning and teaching of Nanyin in Singapore, contributing to the preservation and appreciation of this musical heritage.

Lyn Lee, Independent Scholar, Singapore

About the Presenter(s)
Lyn Lee, an independent scholar and passionate advocate for Nanyin, holds a Masters in Arts Pedagogy and Practice from LASALLE College of the Arts.

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